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November 6, 2013

Google+ Offering Restricted Communities for Business Users

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Google+ is targeting business users with a new feature: restricted communities.

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Google first began its campaign to attract enterprise users last year by adding restricted posts as well as a number of other features.

“We’re adding an extra layer of security by rolling out restricted communities that only users in your organization can join,” Google+ product manager Michael Cai said in a blog post. “Whether it’s designs of your beta product or notes from your team off-site, anything you post will remain restricted to the organization.”

The new feature is completely customizable, allowing users to make their community as private or as inclusive as they choose. For instance, administrators can make the community open to everyone at the company or make it a by-invitation only group by default.

“Community owners can easily change settings, manage membership or invite other team members to join and jump into the conversation,” Cai said, adding that administrators can also create communities for clients or business partners.

Community members will have the ability to share files from Google Drive as well as videos, events and photos.